Poetry & Prose

I, When Referring To We

I, when referring to we, exert utmost care

to layer doormats inches off the stage

behind my svelte podium.


This is to welcome me to us, your tall army boy

stolid as pilotis on LeCorbusier’s porch slats,

girlscouting the cost of war.


How fitting, then, that a passover

of the magnifying glass reveals

Gretel’s crumbs


Lining the home sweet home, or

perhaps, wipe your paws inscribed

in the painful bristles my bare feet endure.


–Clayton Woolery, from ODO 180

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